The Trucker’s Friend, manufactured in the USA by Innovation Factory, has been featured before in Zombie Apocalypse Monthly and has certainly captured the hearts of many in the zombie prepper community, but story of its creator ( 94-year-old Gys van Beek) is more fascinating than the tool itself.
Innovation Factory is launching a program to spotlight the achievements of its creative collaborators that have brought best-selling, made in the USA products to the market. The company will be posting blogs about the accomplishments of each, starting with van Beek.
van Beek, who lives quietly in Caldwell, Idaho with his wife of 65 years, was entered into the Congressional Record last year by Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador for his efforts during World War II. He has also been recognized by governments of Canada, Great, Britain and the Netherlands, but he is particularly proud of his decoration awarded to him shortly after the war by Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight Eisenhower.
As a member of the Dutch Resistance, van Beek was instrumental in aiding refugees and enemies of the Nazi regime, and he also helped numerous British, Canadian and American downed fighter pilots.
“We’re very proud of all the individuals who contribute to the success of our products, but none more than Gys van Beek, ” Marvin Weinberger, Inventor-in-Chief of the Innovation Factory, said. “I first fell in awe of his Trucker’s Friend when I saw it hanging forlornly on a remainders rack more than 4 years ago. How we came to manufacture the product – here in the USA – is a separate story, but at the time I had no idea of Mr. van Beek’s courage and humanitarian achievements.”
In 1999, the Shoah Foundation, founded by Stephen Spielberg, recognized van Beek as an Aid Giver for helping to save Jewish lives and demonstrating fearlessness and courage.
Van Beek, who claims he hasn’t yet retired, continues to prepare new patent filings, making him one of the oldest living inventors in America. His numerous inventions include Innovation Factory’s best-selling Trucker’s Friend™, for which he receives a royalty on every purchase.
Read more at Innovation Factory’s blog.